Early Testers Hit Snags in Vista Beta 2
The first testers who've managed to download Windows Vista 2 bits are reporting improved performanceas well as everything from driver and app compatibility problems to red-hot laptops. (Microsoft Watch)SEATTLEA day after Microsoft announced availability of Windows Vista Beta 2, the first testers are overcoming download bottlenecks and obtaining bits. While many are finding the latest build to be more stable and better-performing, they also are still hitting driver and application compatibility issues, among other system problems. Microsoft announced on May 23 that it was making Vista Beta 2, Longhorn Server Beta 2 and Office 2007 Beta 2 available to testers immediately. Microsoft is making Vista available to its existing beta testing community first, by providing attendees of the WinHEC conference here with DVD versions of the new test builds on May 24, and allowing other TechNet, Connect and Microsoft Developer Network subscribers to download the bits.
Microsoft is planning to broaden the Beta 2 pools in the next few weeks of May, allowing up to two million testers to get their hands on the Vista test code.